Ultimate Guide to Fats

A space-filling model of an unsaturated triglyceride.

Introduction To Dietary Fats

Read this for a quick introduction to dietary fats.

Saturated Fats

Are Saturated fats as dangerous as commonly thought? Can they be included comfortably in a diet?

Unsaturated Fats

Are unsaturated fats the guilt free fat? Are they the secret to longevity?

Omega 3’s

Are the fishy fats the savior we have been promised?

Cholesterol

We’ve been told that cholesterol is dangerous and can lead to an early death.  Is that the truth?

Trans Fats and Very Low Fat Diets

Are Trans Fats as dangerous as they are portrayed? Are low fat diets effective?

For any  and all of these it is always important to consider the science and not just the recommendations.  Nutrition is more nuanced than the recommendations make it seem.

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Omega 3’s: Fishy Fats

Omega 3 fatty acids have recently been touted as almost a universal cure all, and the solution to many of America’s problems with fats.  Omega 3’s are a polyunsaturated fat, however, I separated them from my previous post.  The majority of polyunsaturated fats that Americans consume are Omega 6, so I separated Omega 3s in order to truly consider their heath impacts.  Polyunsaturated fats are defined by where the first double bond is located, and that is where the difference between Omega 3 and Omega 6 comes from, where the double bond is located (American Dietetic Association 1599).  The current dietary recommendations of the Mayo Clinic, the ADA, and Willett, all state that increased consumption of Omega 3’s is important for health (American Dietetic Association 1599; Willett and Skerrett; Mayo Clinic Staff).Read More »